Mike Chapman's Comments

Comment Wall (5 comments)

You need to be a member of Zenith Aircraft Builders and Flyers to add comments!

Join Zenith Aircraft Builders and Flyers

At 7:03pm on May 3, 2020, Keith Thomas said…

Just looked up your profile. as well as accepted your friend request. I am a former Lockheed employee, laid off in the '80's could never get back. I was an Engineering Research Technician in So Cal. My dad was the first retiree to hit 51 years of employment. I thought about the SD but it doesn't have the folding wing option, I can't afford a hangar so I need to be able to bring it home. I am trying to build it in my shop/garage but have to move my truck or trailer out and back in every night. I live about halfway between Parker County and Mineral Wells airports.

At 12:08am on April 26, 2020, James Cain said…
Hey Mike,

I don't know if you've put together the slats yet but if you have a copy of the IPL, can you forward it to me? My entire kit came without any instructions (aka IPL) and when I asked about it, I was sent a link to Zenith's Google Drive but there is some missing info and a lot of IPLs are not there. I attempted to build the slats from the drawings and blue prints but they turned out with some major wrinkles in the skin and I'm unhappy and will have to start over on them. Overall, I find the edrawings to be very helpful but sometimes the IPL gives little hints that the drawings leave out. I occasionally find some photos with build tips but these are rare and not in one easy to find place.

How's you build coming?


At 9:02pm on March 23, 2020, Rodger Rinker said…

Ok, thanks for your help Mike.  I'm in Canada, so makes it's a little hard getting stuff from the States with horrible exchange difference etc.  

Hope to keep in touch with the build....thanks again....Rodger

At 5:18pm on March 23, 2020, Rodger Rinker said…

Mike,  My name is Rodger Rinker...I'm up in Alberta, Canada.  I just received the 750 Super Duty kit & am ordering cleco's & miscellaneous things I may not have.  I wanted to save my bugging the factory for more important stuff I'm sure I'll be driving them crazy with.  Getting conflicting info. on this.  How many of which size clecos do you recommend I order for this Super Duty kit?  I think I'm up to speed on most other things, but is there something not obvious you recommend I include with my cleco order.  Probably go with Aircraft Spruce here in Canada.  Thanks for any help you may have.  How fanatical should I be as to trying to get a perfect flat table & what length?  Thanks Mike.....Rodger

At 9:52am on February 4, 2018, Bert Sparrow said…

Hi Mike - that's just me in an old F8.  Most of my USAF time was on the EC-135 (Old Airborne Command Post) and doing Space Operations.  I really like your proposed scheme!  Best of luck.


New from Zenith:

Zenith Planes For Sale 

Classified listing for buying or selling your Zenith building or flying related stuff...

Custom Instrument Panels
for your Zenith

Custom instrument panels are now available directly from Zenith Aircraft Company exclusively for Zenith builders and owners. Pre-cut panel, power distribution panel, Approach Fast Stack harnesses, Dynon and Garmin avionics, and more.

Custom Upholstery Kits for your Zenith Aircraft:

Zenith Vinyl Upholstery Kits

Zenith Apparel from EAA:

Zenair Floats

Flying On Your Own Wings:
A Complete Guide to Understanding Light Airplane Design, by Chris Heintz

Builder & Pilot Supplies:

How to videos from HomebuiltHELP.com

Developed specifically for Zenith builders (by a builder) these videos on DVD are a great help in building your own kit plane by providing practical hands-on construction information. Visit HomebuiltHelp.com for the latest DVD titles.

Aircraft Insurance:


West Coast USA:

Pro Builder Assistance:


Transition training:

Golden Eagle Aviation

Pianosa Flying Farm

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty for all your building and pilot supplies!

© 2021   Created by Zenith.Aero.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service